Ross Flitney

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Ross Flitney
Personal information
Full name Ross Daniel Flitney
Date of birth (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Hitchin, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Eastleigh
Number 1
Youth career
1996–2000 Arsenal
2000–2003 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Fulham 0 (0)
2003 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 1 (0)
2003–2004 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2 (0)
2005 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 0 (0)
2005 Yeading (loan) 7 (0)
2005–2007 Barnet 50 (0)
2007–2009 Grays Athletic 38 (0)
2008–2009 Croydon Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2010 Croydon Athletic ? (0)
2010–2011 Dover Athletic 55 (0)
2011–2013 Gillingham 27 (0)
2012 Eastleigh (loan) 8 (0)
2013– Eastleigh 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:08, 12 January 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ross Daniel Flitney (born 1 June 1984 in Hitchin, England) is an English football goalkeeper, currently playing for Eastleigh in the Conference South.

Football career[edit]

He started as a youth player at Arsenal before moving to Fulham in 2003 where he made a number of appearances on the Fulham bench in the Premiership as cover for senior keepers such as Edwin van der Sar and Mark Crossley, but never made the first team. He did however have two loan spells with Brighton & Hove Albion[1] and a further loan spell with Doncaster Rovers where he gained league experience. In March 2005 he joined Isthmian League side Yeading on loan.[2] He was released by Fulham in May 2005,[3] joining Barnet the following month.[4]

On 26 October 2005, he became the recipient of the quickest red card in the history of Old Trafford. In a League Cup match for Barnet against Manchester United, he was sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty area, only 80 seconds into the game. It was his first touch in the match, and Barnet went on to lose 4–1.[5] The red card was later rescinded on appeal.[6] During the 2005/06 season, he lost his place to Lee Harrison who had rejoined Barnet as a player/coach in the summer. He was told he could leave Barnet in November 2006,[7] but was finally released at the end of the season,[8] joining Grays Athletic in June 2007.[9]

Flitney signed for Croydon Athletic on loan in December 2008,[10] and just one month later he was transfer listed by Grays, with financial pressures and manager Wayne Burnett's plans being cited as the reason.[11] A fortnight later, Flitney had his contract with the Essex side terminated by mutual consent,[12] and signed a contract to stay with Croydon Athletic until the end of the season.[13]

In January 2010, Flitney signed for Conference South club Dover Athletic. Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler said; "He's a keeper I've had my eye on. He brings something different to the table in that he is 6ft 3in and kicks the ball a mile!".[14] Flitney made his debut for Dover in the 2–0 defeat to Woking on 23 January.

He was signed by Hessenthaler again, when he joined Gillingham in July 2011,[15] and made his debut for Gillingham in the 1–0 win over Cheltenham Town on 6 August 2011.

In October 2012 he joined Eastleigh on an initial loan period of one month.[16] After his loan at Eastleigh finished in January 2013, and his subsequent release by Gillingham, he rejoined Eastleigh on a permanent basis in February 2013.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts out over Christmas, BBC Sport
  2. ^ Cottagers loan Flitney to Yeading, BBC Sport
  3. ^ "Player Released". Fulham Official Website. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Barnet set to sign keeper Flitney, BBC Sport
  5. ^ Man Utd 4–1 Barnet, BBC Sport
  6. ^ Flitney wins red card appeal, BBC Sport
  7. ^ Keeper Flitney can leave Barnet, BBC Sport
  8. ^ Barnet boss releases five players, BBC Sport
  9. ^ Grays snap up ex-Bees goalkeeper, BBC Sport
  10. ^ Player News, graysathletic.co.uk
  11. ^ "Grays place four on transfer list". BBC Sport. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Goalkeeper News, Grays Athletic
  13. ^ Player News, Croydon Athletic
  14. ^ White, Andy (18 January 2010). "Whites bag Flitney". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Six of the best for Gills, Gillingham F.C.
  16. ^ "Spitfires borrow Flitney". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ross Flitney signs for Eastleigh". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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